Monday, 24 July 2017

Poland's President Andrzej Duda vetoes judicial reforms after protests



Polish President Andrzej Duda has announced he is vetoing a controversial law to replace Supreme Court judges with government nominees.

 
Three key judicial reforms have been passed by Poland's parliament, prompting days of demonstrations across the country.


Before they become law, they require approval by the president.


The changes have also set Poland's right-wing government on a collision course with the European Union.


The European Commission had threatened to impose sanctions this week if the reforms were not scrapped. European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, had warned of a "black scenario that could ultimately lead to the marginalisation of Poland in Europe".


"As president I don't feel this law would strengthen a sense of justice," Mr Duda said in a statement broadcast on national television. "These laws must be amended."


Polish President Andrzej Duda gives a televised statement on 24 July


He said he was vetoing two of the new laws but approving a third, which gives the justice minister the right to name the heads of Poland's lower courts.




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